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Does a Ductless System Help Indoor Air Quality?

woman-sitting-on-couch-with-controller-for-ductless-air-handlerThere are two things that many Minneapolis residents have in common: they want to save money on their energy costs and they want to improve their indoor air quality.

HVAC systems account for about half of a home’s energy use, and indoor air quality can be worse than the quality of the air outside without the right indoor air quality products and services in place. So both of these things make sense!

What if we told you that there is one system you could get that would not only help you financially but would improve the health of your indoor air as well? Well, there is! It’s a ductless system. Read on to learn more.

What Is a Ductless System?

Also referred to as the ductless mini-split, a ductless system is a type of heat pump.

What’s a heat pump?

A heat pump is an air conditioner that can also serve as a heater! You see, just like a central air conditioner, heat pumps have a single outdoor unit and a single indoor unit. The different between a central AC and a heat pump, however, is that in the heat pump, the refrigerant process can be reversed, and this is what allows homeowners to use a heat pump as a heating system in addition to a cooling system!

And the difference between a ductless system and a heat pump?

A ductless system is like a heat pump in that it can be used as an effective and efficient air conditioner and heater. The difference, as the name implies, is that it doesn’t require ductwork. Instead, a single outdoor unit is connected to up to eight indoor air handlers, and each of those indoor handlers can be controlled independently of one another.

Behind these air handlers, installed through a small hole drilled in the drywall, is a conduit. This conduit houses a power line, refrigerant line, and condensate line. The only thing “missing” is the ducts!

“Okay Great, What Does This Have to Do With My Indoor Air Quality?”

Did you know that over the lifespan of a central air conditioner, your ductwork can accumulate up to 40 pounds of dust and other debris? Sure, you can have the ducts professionally cleaned. But as you can imagine, those air ducts are bringing considerable debris into your home between each cleaning.

A ductless system literally eliminates the inherent indoor air quality problems that come with ducts—not only the debris aspect, but you also don’t have to worry about damaged ducts allowing air to escape out. In other words, you don’t have to pay for air conditioning (or heating) that you’re not actually receiving because of damaged ductwork!

There are other benefits too…

The indoor air quality aspect is a great benefit of going ductless, but not the only benefit! Ductless systems also save space since the air handlers can be mounted high up on the walls in the rooms where they’re installed. They’re also highly efficient due to each air handler having its own thermostat. Plus, they’re powerful!

We’re happy to discuss your options with you if you decide to look into going ductless.

Contact Residential Heating and Air Conditioning for ductless air conditioning in Minneapolis, MN. With us, you’ll “Feel the Difference!”

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